Immigration groups press for pairing Dreamer benefits with border security

Immigration proponents, including more than 50 "Dreamers," are scheduled to converge on Capitol Hill this week to press lawmakers on supporting border security measures paired with protections for immigrants.
 
Dozens of immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as minors will join GOP Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges Republicans offer support for Steve King challenger House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (Texas) and Dan NewhouseDaniel (Dan) Milton NewhouseHouse passes bill to protect 'Dreamers' Immigrant Heritage Month should spur congressional action to fix immigration laws Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill MORE (Wash.) at a news conference Wednesday as part of an immigration push that's sponsored by three Koch Network groups — the Libre Initiative, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners — and two immigration advocacy groups, FWD.us and the National Immigration Forum.
 
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The five groups have long argued the need for a permanent immigration status solution for Dreamers, saying the periodical status renewals complicate long-term planning.
 
 
Hurd and Newhouse were among a group of Republican lawmakers last year who attempted to craft a bipartisan solution that would replace DACA, which allows Dreamers to live and work freely in the United States.
 
The bipartisan proposal, penned by Hurd and Rep. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarDemocratic leaders seek balance amid liberal push to go big on immigration Katherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck MORE (D-Calif.), was ultimately scrapped in favor of a more conservative bill that GOP leaders argued would have a better chance of passing the Republican-led Senate and gaining Trump's backing. That measure failed to make it out of the House.
 
Newhouse's district in central Washington is home to more DACA recipients than any other Republican district in the country. Hurd, an outspoken opponent of a border wall, represents the only GOP district that borders Mexico.
 
The new Democratic majority in the House has pledged to work toward protections for Dreamers and other law-abiding immigrants, but there has been little interest in pairing immigration benefits with Trump's call for a border wall.
 
Leaders in both parties are scrambling to come up with a border security agreement, as a bipartisan, bicameral conference tries to avert a second government shutdown this year over Homeland Security funding.